This passage is taken from Matthew Lassiter’s book, THE SILENT MAJORITY: SUBURBAN POLITICS IN THE SUNBELT SOUTH, (Princeton University Press, Princeton University, 2006) The theme of this book is best expressed in this passage: “Racial inequality is a constant theme in American history, but … [Read more...] about Silent Majority
From my front porch This is the resurrection story that we did not hear today. It is night again, and it closes out another Easter. In the quiet of the night, let us uncover and celebrate the resurrection stories right before us in this season of desolation. Yet there are many reasons and … [Read more...] about Evening Meditation on Resurrection and Resistance
The following passage comes from Kristina DeRoucher, RAISING RACISTS: THE SOCIALIZATION OF WHITE CHILDREN IN THE JIM CROW SOUTH, (University of Kentucky Press, 2011) kindle, loc., 21-33 This book looks at the socialization of White southern children into a violent culture of Whiteness between … [Read more...] about Raising Racists: The Socialization of White Children in the Jim Crow South
Today on this sunny Easter Sunday I sit in my apartment in the epicenter of Covid19—New York City. Each day I watch TV for updates not only on what is happening nationally but in this city. Every day the local news seems as bad as it was the day before—coronavirus positive people crammed … [Read more...] about An Easter Meditation
“They are bringing drugs and sending their criminals.” “Go back to where you come from.” “Go back to your crime ridden neighborhoods.” The nation heard President Trump spit these perniciously racist and divisive words out with repetitive and unrepentant self-righteous rage and malicious … [Read more...] about Hate Speech is Not Benign
From my front porch It is important to understand that we are not at war as Trump and others have declared. Rather we in the throes of a global humanitarian crisis. Our lives and futures depend on knowing the difference. You might wonder what difference it makes as … [Read more...] about Our Struggle Against the CoronaVirus is a Humanitarian Crisis, Not a War
Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett Listen to the podcast Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. Sales says we must be as clear about what … [Read more...] about On Being: Where Does it Hurt?
Spirit God, thank you for the breath of life that still exists in this cloudy season of this predatory pandemic. All over the world, your people tremble with fear, despair and angst. Spirit God, hold us through this shadow of death and lead us to the pastures of resilience and the still waters … [Read more...] about Spirit God Prayer